Football - For­mer FIFA VP Hawit faces life ban for bribery

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

FIFA ethics pros­e­cu­tors want for­mer FIFA vice pres­i­dent Al­fredo Hawit banned for life for tak­ing bribes. The in­ves­ti­ga­tory cham­ber of FIFA’s ethics com­mit­tee says the ban is re­quested in a fi­nal re­port to ethics judges. A ver­dict is ex­pected within weeks. Hawit pleaded guilty in Brook­lyn fed­eral court in April to charges of rack­e­teer­ing con­spir­acy, wire fraud con­spir­acy, and con­spir­acy to ob­struct jus­tice. The 65-year-old Hon­duran of­fi­cial agreed to for­feit $950,000 upon sen­tenc­ing. Hawit was act­ing pres­i­dent for CON­CA­CAF when he was ar­rested at a Zurich ho­tel last De­cem­ber. A U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment in­dict­ment said Hawit took $250,000 in 2011 to steer CON­CA­CAF com­mer­cial rights to­ward an Ar­gentina-based agency. He was also im­pli­cated in bribery linked to World Cup qual­i­fy­ing matches in­volv­ing Hon­duras.

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